'They have to get the shots'

A vial of the measles mumps and rubella vaccine

Measles in the United States has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that it is turning parents against vaccines, according to the Associated Press.

The High Council for Health has issued a new advice on vaccination against measles, advising that children should be vaccinated earlier than has been the case until now.

Three new measles cases have been confirmed here in metro Atlanta.

The growing outbreak in pockets across the country has triggered multiple public health investigations seeking to limit exposure to measles, including quarantines at two California universities.

As of Wednesday, the number of measles cases so far this year exceeds the 667 cases reported in all of 2014, which had been the highest annual number recorded since the elimination in 2000. While the recent outbreaks began with importation, CDC noted that "a significant factor contributing to the outbreaks in NY is misinformation in the communities about the safety of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine".

A massive measles outbreak is now happening in California, where hundreds of students at UCLA and Cal State L.A. have been quarantined because of the viral infection. "They have to get their shots".

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone receive two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Kennedy told reporters that Trump asked him to lead a commission on "vaccination safety and scientific integrity". Spread by coughing or sneezing, the virus can linger in the air long after an infected person leaves a room. While Bill Shine was in the White House, Darla Shine called for bringing back childhood diseases, such as measles, which she claimed boosted immunity and "keep you healthy & fight cancer". Measles can also be more severe in young infants, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system.

Currently, there is no antiviral drug to treat the measles, adding to the severity of the disease.

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